Kathmandu: Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha, who left for Beijing on Monday to participate in the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, is scheduled to make a special address at the program. He will also attend a banquet to be hosted by China’s President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, the conference opening day.
Heads of State and government of various countries will be attending the convlave. The Nepali delegation led by DPM Shrestha comprises Joint Secretary at the Home Ministry, Narayan Prasad Bhattarai, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amrit Rai, Chief Executive Officer of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, Anil Pokharel, among other officials. Representatives from over 130 countries and 30 international organisations are set to convene in Beijing. Leaders from diverse nations representing various cultures, economies, and political ideologies are expected to attend and actively participate in the discussions. The Forum aims to strengthen existing partnerships and cultivate collaborations among participating countries, address common challenges like climate change, poverty, and healthcare, promote joint efforts and knowledge sharing, and facilitate cultural exchanges and people-to-people connections, it is stated.
The Forum is also likely to witness the signing of numerous agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between participating countries and organizations, reflecting a shared commitment to enhancing cooperation, trade, and investments and, in turn, promoting mutual prosperity and development.